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Ateneo Università degli Studi di ROMA "La Sapienza" 
Struttura di afferenza Dipartimento di SCIENZE DI BASE ED APPLICATE PER L'INGEGNERIA 
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1980-87: Master's Degree (5-years) in "Electronic Engineering", Sapienza University of Rome.
1987-90: PhD in "Electromagnetism and Electrophysical Sciences", Sapienza University of Roma.
--Professional & Research Experience
In 1991 I joined, as researcher, the Department of Energetics of Sapienza University of Rome, becoming successively
(1994) temporary Professor of General Physics at the faculty of Engineering of the same university. In 2001 I have been
qualified for the position of Associate Professor in Experimental Physics and in 2010 I joined the new Department of
Fundamental and Applied Sciences for Engineering of Sapienza University of Rome where at present I am the head of
EMINA (Electron MIcroscopy and NAnoscopies) Lab.
From 1990 to 2003, I have been associate researcher at INFM (National Institute for the Physics of Matter). After its
merging (2003) into the National Research Council (CNR), I joined as associate researcher the Consortium for the
Physical Sciences of Matter (CNISM) since its foundation in 2004.
Since its foundation in 2006, I joined the Research Center for Nanotechnology (CNIS) of Sapienza University of Rome.
Since 2007 I am member of the executive scientific board.
Since 2007 I am member of the board of the PhD Course in "Electromagnetism" of Sapienza University of Rome,
recently merged in the larger PhD course in "Mathematics for Engineering, Electromagnetism and Nanoscience"
--Teaching Experience
1991-present: courses of 'General Physics I' and 'General Physics II" for the first cycle degrees in Industrial
2003-2005: course of 'Electron Microscopy techniques for environment and cultural heritage' for the Master in 'Nuclear
techniques for industry, environment and cultural heritage'
2005-2008: course of 'Electron Optics' for the second cycle degree in Sciences for Engineering.
2007-present: course of 'Microscopies and Nanocharacterization techniques' for the second cycle degree (Laurea
Magistrale) in Engineering Nanotechnology.
--Research Interests
During the Ph.D. period and at the beginning of my academic carrier, I dealed with low-power pulsed laser annealing
(LPPLA) of ion-implanted III-V semiconductors. Then I studied solid-state laser interaction applied to processing of
various materials (ZnO, LiNbO3, glassy carbon). In this context, I gained expertise on different analysis techniques, in
particular transmission electron microscopy and electron diffraction, spending also some periods of training at the
Institute of Solid State Physics and Electron Microscopy in Halle (Germany).
Since 1993, my research interest is focused on the study of synthesis, modification and characterization of carbon-based
materials (diamond, diamond-like, nanotubes, nanocomposites, hybrid materials, etc). I used extensively various
electron and scanning microscopy, and diffraction techniques as means to investigate structural and morphological
features of the C-based materials of interest. The main achieved results regarded: the study of the interfaces diamond
film/substrates; the identification of a new diamond polytype and of modified forms of graphite; the synthesis of highly
oriented diamond films and new forms of hybrid materials.
Since 1998, my research activity regards mainly problems of nanoscience and nanotechnology, focusing in particular the structural and functional study of carbon nanotubes and other carbon nanostructures (from nanographites to
ultrananodiamond) obtained through innovative technologies of synthesis. In such a context, scanning probe
microscopies have been also used and an innovative methodology for the mechanical and elastic characterization has
been implemented and developed.
At present, a part of my research activity is also devoted to define new methodologies and strategies for soft matter
imaging (from polymers to bacteria) through a combined and synergistic use of electron microscopies, diffraction
techniques and scanning probe microscopies with related spectroscopies.
--Bibliometric and scientometric data (updated at november 2012)
The research activities led to the realization of more than 140 scientific papers on international peer reviewed journals,
books and encyclopaediae (more than 120 of which indexed on ISI-WoS databases) with an overall impact factor of
about 250, h-index =20, a total citation number =1228 (1015 excluding self-citations), and an average citation per
year=51.7. The research activity has also produced more than 250 communications in international conferences and patent on nanocomposite diamond based materials.